jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exactly what you expect in a stone release - aggressive, bitter hops (although not as bitter this time around) and lasting, astringent finish. A medium-heavy punch of hop flavor with some citrus and pine accent. Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable.
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 11.12.13 vintage imbibed on 11.02.13. Sampling session at Lefty’s. Medium pin/citrus blend aroma. Medium straw color. Balanced initial / hops dominate, with a light sweet caramel backing / finish extends the sweetness. Medium body. Good enough, but taste is so reminiscent of many another Stone IPA style.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, version 11-12-13. Pours a clear, coppery gold body with a yellowish white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, and pine hops with some sweet caramel malts. Strong grapefruit citrus and pine hop taste with some sugary sweetness near the end. Strong bitter note throughout. A little oily and somewhat sticky on the palate. Peppery, bitter finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4597) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting at KyotoLefty’s place. 11-12-13 version. A clear deep gold with a minimal head & medium body but somewhat oily. The aroma was pine, resin & dank. The taste is straight up bitter, pine, dank, boozy. Well made but too bitter for me, not my cup of tea.
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/12/13, pours from bottle orange with lively carbonation. Citrus and pine aromas. Reminded me of Hoptimum, but was slightly less hoppy and more drinkable. I really enjoyed this DIPA.
TylerGreenDC (794) - - NOV 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 On draft, 11-12-13 version. Aroma and flavor of stone fruit (mangoes with some if the tartness of apricot) with enough pine resin to keep it from being sweet. Finishes with a pale bit of thin chocolate malts. Pretty awesome.
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11-12-13 version. Nice orange and resin nose, a bit old school, dank, stinky mangos. Very piny. Sweet, resinous, nice citrus, a bit too sweet and thick. Damn nice, though. Less interesting than I had hoped.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the Enjoy By 05.17.13 and to be honest it was just good. I’d heard a ton about this beer and was really looking forward to this brew. Poured a bomber into a tulip, and the head dissipated rather quickly. The color was a perfect pale gold, and the head was a nice white/pale straw. The aroma didn’t do much for me, a touch of spice, and sweet and earthy/flowery smell. The taste isn’t as sweet as I was expecting and, although I appreciate west coast IPAs, this one didn’t really have the malt character to balance out the appreciable hops. After all of that being said, I did enjoy this Enjoy By, and will probably pic up one of them again, but likely in late fall if they put one out around then.
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with minimal head. Aroma is fruity and resinous. Flavors of grapefruit and pine.
brewballs (215) - USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stone continues to put out the most overhyped and boring IPA’s ever! I can’t tell the difference between one or the other. Typical Stone. Foamy head. Hoppy. Tinny, cloying wash down. Bitter and easy to pin down. I like IPA’s by Sierra, like their Hoptimum or even Ballast Point. Definitely did not reinvent the wheel. Kinda keeps spinning in the same direction.